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Here’s the New York Post reporting on Nets point guard Deron Williams, who appears to have a good head on his shoulders when it comes to gun laws:

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Don’t expect Deron Williams to make the same mistake Raymond Felton did.

“I got my license to carry in like 26 states, but I’m not bringing my gun to New York City,” Williams said before the Nets practiced at UCLA on Tuesday and before they traveled up the coast for Wednesday night’s game with the Trail Blazers. “I know better than that.”

Felton, the Knicks’ starting point guard, was charged Tuesday with criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth-degrees.

New York has among the strictest state laws on gun control in the country.

So many times this season, the Minnesota Timberwolves failed in close games down the stretch.

On Tuesday night, they turned the tables on the Phoenix Suns.

Kevin Love fell an assist shy of his second triple-double in three games and the Timberwolves used a fourth-quarter outburst to beat the Suns 110-101.

Love, whose first career triple-double came at Utah on Saturday, had 33 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who trailed by eight with 7:57 to play, then outscored the Suns 24-6.

He knew late in the game about that one missing assist.

“I think when we were up 10 they told me that if I can get an outlet here, you get your triple-double,” Love said, “but at the point I just wanted to secure the rebound and get to the free throw line, get the lead up a little bit more so we wouldn’t have to worry about much. Nine assists again, I have been there a few times.”

– Associated Press

James Harden drops 43 on the Kings

James Harden spent the fourth quarter smiling on the Houston Rockets’ bench. DeMarcus Cousins finished the final period in the Sacramento Kings’ locker room.

Their performances were just as different on the floor, too.

Harden scored a season-high 43 points in three quarters, and the Rockets routed the Kings 129-103 on Tuesday night after Cousins was ejected for vehemently arguing with an official.

“These are the type of wins that we need, especially late in the season, to lock down and focus,” Harden said.

Harden helped Houston go ahead by 25 points in the first quarter, 31 in the second and 33 in the third. He shot 11 of 20 from the floor, made 15 of 16 free throws and added eight assists, three steals and two rebounds.

– Associated Press

ESPN.com reported: NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe acknowledged in a recent interview with ESPN.com that the league office, at least in an exploratory fashion, has weighed expanding the dimensions of the court and the introduction of a 4-point shot. In a sitdown with ESPN’s TrueHoop TV conducted during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans earlier this month, Thorn and VanDeWeghe spoke of both concepts mostly from a hypothetical standpoint but did concede that both ideas have been presented for discussion at a league level.

NBA RESPONSE FROM SENIOR VP TIM FRANK: “No one at the NBA, nor the competition committee, has had any serious conversations about increasing the size of the floor or adding a 4-point line. Rod Thorn and Kiki VanDeWeghe were entertaining a line of questioning about out of the box ideas and ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn’t exist.”

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Dee Bost doing his thing in the D-League

Dee Bost is a former high school quarterback who once collected MVP honors in the North Carolina Class 3A State Championship Game.

Today he’s the NBA D-League’s top quarterback, averaging a league-best 8.8 assists through 35 games with the Idaho Stampede. That’s no small feat, considering he shared a backcourt for much of this season with Pierre Jackson, the most dynamic scorer the NBA D-League has seen in recent years, and someone who had the ball in his hands … a lot. (Jackson left Idaho last week to sign a contract overseas).

In his first full week sans Jackson, Bost did okay, if your definition of okay is averaging a triple-double. In two games, the 6-2 guard from Mississippi State, who went undrafted in 2012 out of Mississippi State, averaged 20.5 points, 14.5 assists and 11.5 rebounds, as the Stampede posted wins over the Maine Red Claws and Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Bost, who played his first professional season for KK Buducnost in Montenegro (Adriatic League), was in training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers in October, and subsequently picked up by the Trail Blazers’ NBA D-League affiliate Idaho. He was recently selected to play in the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game in New Orleans, tallying four points and seven assists in 20 minutes.

As far as his NBA chances go, Bost continues to be somewhat of a mixed bag in the eyes of most scouts. He has NBA-caliber speed and quickness, along with very good vision. The strength of his game is his ability to get in the lane and find people. The flipside is Bost is very turnover prone — he’s averaging 3.5 turnovers this season — and when you pair that with streaky outside shooting, his attractiveness as a backup point guard at the NBA level diminishes.

Still, guards who average better than 8.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds in a very competitive NBA D-League, and have impressive physical tools, are going to be on the radar for NBA teams. If Bost can reign it in a bit, and continue to improve as a perimeter shooter, he has a chance to play in the NBA someday.

– Via NBA D-League News

Bucks beat Sixers by 20

The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t won too often this season, and a road victory has been even rarer.

They earned both in a laugher over the nearly-as-hapless Philadelphia 76ers.

O.J. Mayo made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20, and the Bucks placed seven players in double figures in a 130-110 rout of the 76ers, who lost their 11th straight game on Monday night.

“In our situation, it’s great to get a win any way we can get it,” Bucks coach Larry Drew said.

Ramon Sessions scored 16 points, Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight had 15 each, and Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 13 for the Bucks (11-45), who own the NBA’s worst record. John Henson added 12 for the Bucks, who had their highest scoring game of the season.

– Associated Press

Raymond Felton facing gun charges

New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was questioned by police Tuesday morning after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman, sources said.

The starting point guard, whose wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, recently filed for divorce, was being quizzed at the 20th Precinct Station House on the Upper West Side, according to law-enforcement sources.

Police said Felton was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth-degrees.

– New York Post

Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, which is a misdemeanor, the spokesman said. Further details on the weapons charges are not known at this point.

– ESPN New York

The Idaho Stampede’s Dee Bost today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 23. The honor is the first for Bost this season.

Bost, a 6-2, 176-pound guard from Mississippi State, led Idaho to a 2-0 week, including wins over the Maine Red Claws and Los Angeles D-Fenders. Bost averaged a 20.5-point, 14.5-assist, 11.5-rebound triple-double last week while shooting 36 percent from the floor.

On Feb. 19, Bost, who leads the NBA D-League in minutes (42.0 mpg), played wire-to-wire against the Red Claws, scoring 29 points to go with 14 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and a block. He came back three days later to record his fifth triple-double of the season when he finished with 12 points, 16 rebounds, 15 assists and four steals at Los Angeles.

On the season, Bost is averaging an NBA D-League best 8.9 assists, to go with 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Other top performers considered include Austin’s Courtney Fells, Rio Grande Valley’s Robert Covington, playing on assignment from the Houston Rockets, Santa Cruz Warriors’ Ognjen Kuzmic, playing on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, Sioux Falls’ Justin Hamilton, Springfield’s Willie Reed and Tulsa’s Grant Jerrett.

Arron Afflalo had 32 points, rookie Victor Oladipo added 30 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime on Friday night.

The Magic trailed by as many as 14 points, but got 25 points and 10 assists from Oladipo after halftime to stave off the Knicks. Tobias Harris added 22 points.

Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak in its first game following the departure of Glen Davis, who had the remainder of his contract bought out earlier in the day.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points, but only 14 came after the third quarter.

– Associated Press

Here’s the Boston Globe blog reporting on Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who gets mentioned in trade rumors around pretty much every trade deadline for years now:

Rondo has said before that he’s intrigued by the free agency process, but he has also said that he doesn’t like change and could see himself staying in Boston for the rest of his career.

As for being mentioned in rumors, Rondo said, “It gets annoying at times. It’s been like that the last eight years, though. It’s what I do for a living. It’s not who I am. I play basketball for a living, for the time being.

“I’ll be 28 (Saturday). I have a long life to live. I have a lot of things going on outside of basketball for me right now and it’s part of what happens when you’re an NBA player. “

In a rebuilding season, Rondo wasn’t the only Celtic who might have been traded, but Rondo said he didn’t notice concern among his teammates.

Hawks GM shares trade deadline insight

Here’s the Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog reporting insight from Hawks general manager Danny Ferry:

On trying to trade for a center: “We are missing Gustavo (Ayon) for a period, to be determined. Pero (Antic), to be determined. Obviously, Al (Horford) is out for the year. Those are tough for our group. We are going to be undersized most nights. But hopefully we get one or two of those guys back coming up here and get our group more whole. We won’t be completely whole the rest of the year. This is the NBA. Injuries are part of it. We have to work around it. You can’t use them as excuses. But there is also a reality to them and we’ve had to deal with them this year.”

On trade deadline under new Collective Bargaining Agreement: “You see a lot of small deals, a lot of cap deals, a lot of CBA-centric deals happen today. A couple teams probably improved themselves some, whether that is from positioning in salary cap or that’s in the roster… No deal is better than a bad deal. Every team has had bad deals and has had to live with bad deals. … We have to continually and methodically make sound decisions to put ourselves in the best position to succeed. You are going to need some luck. You are going to need some health. You are going to need a lot of things.”

Sixers waive Earl Clark

Sixers waive Earl Clark

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have waived forward Earl Clark.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the move happened “hours after acquiring the forward along with center Henry Sims and a 2014 second-round pick in a trade for Spencer Hawes on Thursday morning. The move trimmed the Sixers’ roster to 15 players, the maximum number allowed on NBA rosters.”

Clark was originally the 14th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by Phoenix and appeared in 45 games for Cleveland this season.

Although still finding his way in the league, Clark does have NBA talent, and should be able to latch on with another team in the near future.

Clippers trade Byron Mullens to 76ers

The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that they have traded center Byron Mullens and a conditional second round draft selection to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future second round choice.

Mullens, 25, appeared in 27 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. For his career, Mullens has appeared in 171 games (66 starts) with averages of 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.7 minutes.

The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have acquired guard/forward Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Danny Granger and a future second round draft pick.

Turner, a 6-7, 220 lb. guard out of Ohio State, was the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, drafted by Philadelphia. He has career averages of 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.  For the 2013-14 season, he has played in 54 games, with averages of 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

Allen is in his third season, having played college basketball at Temple. He was also drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, as the 50th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  He has career averages of 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game; with averages of 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.

“We thank Danny for his eight-and-a-half seasons with us and we appreciate everything he did for us in his time here,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench.  In Evan and Lavoy, we think we got two really good players that can help us and we look forward to what they can bring.”

Granger was drafted by the Pacers with the 17th pick of the 2005 draft and has spent his career with the Pacers. In his time with the Pacers, Granger averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game; and was named an NBA All-Star in 2009.

Also, the Pacers have waived guard Orlando Johnson.  Johnson, a second-year player out of California-Santa Barbara, was a draft-night acquisition in 2012.  He was originally drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 36th overall pick in that draft.

“Orlando is a great kid,” said Bird. “We appreciate everything he’s done for us and hope he has a long and successful career.”

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have acquired guard Nando De Colo (NON-doe day CO-low) from San Antonio in exchange for forward Austin Daye.

De Colo, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, has appeared in 26 games (three starts) for San Antonio this season, averaging 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He holds career averages of 4.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 98 appearances with the Spurs. De Colo matched his career high with 15 points February 8, 2014 at Charlotte. 

De Colo was selected with the 53rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by San Antonio. Prior to joining the Spurs, De Colo played three seasons (2009-12) with Valencia in the Spanish ACB League. He helped lead Valencia to the 2010 Eurocup Championship and the ACB playoffs in each of his three seasons with the club.

A native of Sainte-Catherine-lès-Arras, France, De Colo began his pro career in 2006 with Cholet Basket in the French ProA League. He played three seasons with Cholet, averaging 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 83 games.

De Colo has been a member of the French National Team since 2008. Last summer he helped France capture its first European Championship, averaging 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists. De Colo was also part of France’s team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Daye appeared in eight games for Toronto, totaling eight points, seven rebounds and two assists after signing as a free-agent in July. 

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The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Steve Blake, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

According to the Bay Area News Group, “The trade allowed the Warriors to grab a veteran guard while still leaving them roughly $400,000 under the luxury tax.”

Bazemore, 24, has appeared in 44 games for the Warriors this season, averaging 2.3 points in 6.1 minutes per game. In his two NBA seasons (both with the Warriors), the Old Dominion product holds averages of 2.1 points in 5.1 minutes per game over 105 contests. After not being selected in the 2012 NBA draft, Bazemore was signed by the Warriors as a free agent on July 26, 2012.

Brooks, 25, has appeared in a combined 17 games with Golden state and Boston this season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per contest. Originally drafted by the Celtics with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Brooks owns career averages of 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 146 games (49 starts) over three seasons with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets , Boston and Golden State. As a rookie with New Jersey in 2011-12, the 6’5” swingman averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 56 games (47 starts), earning All-Rookie Second Team honors.

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Blake, 33, has appeared in 27 games (all starts) for the Lakers this season, averaging 9.5 points to go along with career highs of 7.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.26 steals in 33.0 minutes. He returned to action on Feb. 4 after missing the previous 26 contests with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and, in his second game back, recorded his second career triple-double with 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over Cleveland on Feb. 5.

An 11-year NBA veteran, Blake holds career averages of 7.0 points, 4.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 25.2 minutes in 703 games (344 starts) with the Lakers, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and L.A. Clippers, appearing in the postseason six times. For his career, Blake has converted on 39.0 percent of his three-pointers and boasts an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.84-to-1. The Maryland alum was originally selected by the Wizards in the second round (38th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft after helping the Terrapins to their first-ever National Championship in 2002.

“The acquisition of Steve Blake will provide us with additional veteran depth at point guard as we enter the stretch run of the season,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “He’s had a productive career and is a player who can both run an offense and has the ability to shoot the basketball.  On the other hand, we thank Kent and MarShon for their contributions to our team both on and off the court and wish them success as they enter the next stage of their careers.”

Here’s the Boston Globe reporting on LeBron James, who has gotten attention recently for his opinion as to which NBA legends would belong on a basketball version of Mount Rushmore:

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LeBron James has had all weekend to reconsider the list of players on his basketball version of Mount Rushmore.

Last week, the four-time MVP said his top four players were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Oscar Robertson, adding that one of those will eventually be replaced by him. Those statements sparked a debate at All-Star Weekend about the game’s greatest players.

James stuck to his original list, but said there are plenty of other names who could be considered.

“Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], Kobe [Bryant], it’s hard to knock anybody off,” James said. “There needs to be another mountain. It’s too many guys. I was definitely thinking of Kobe as the top four of all time. I think about Kareem for sure. There’s so many greats that played this game.”

Lots of basketball fans appreciate the shooting ability of Stephen Curry. Count President Obama in that group. Here’s the Bay Area News Group reporting:

President Obama is a big Stephen Curry fan

All-Star Stephen Curry has a fan in President Barack Obama, who offered high praise to the Warriors guard for his shooting ability.

“I gotta tell you, Curry is the best shooter I have ever seen,” Obama told TNT’s Charles Barkley in a portion of a taped interview released Friday. “I believe that.

“In terms of being able to, you know, off the dribble get his shot off from anywhere that fast, best I’ve ever seen.”

David Stern is going from the NBA commissioner’s office to the Hall of Fame.

The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.

Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Kevin Johnson and Spencer Haywood are hoping to be part of the class. They were chosen as finalists, with the full class to be unveiled April 7 during the NCAA men’s Final Four.

Stern retired on Feb. 1 after exactly 30 years as commissioner, during which he brought the league to its greatest success. Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Hall of Fame board, said the Hall hopes to have a special spot to display a tribute to Stern.

– Associated Press

Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart is expected to watch Saturday’s game from the locker room instead of the stands.

University spokesman Mike Noteware told ESPN that Smart — who’ll be serving the second of his three-game suspension for shoving a fan at Texas Tech — will not be in the crowd when Oklahoma State hosts rival Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

Smart is not allowed to travel with the team while suspended but has been permitted to practice. His suspension ends after Tuesday’s game in Waco against Baylor.

The Cowboys (16-8, 4-7 Big 12) lost their first game without Smart on Tuesday at Texas and have dropped five straight and six of seven.

– ESPN.com

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